Poll: US-Based Online Casino Supported - Wednesday 14th of December 2005

FLORIDA – Scooop.net, a next-generation media site based on democratic voting principles and active participation of its members, released the results of its weekly hot topic poll regarding the nation's view on whether U.S. based casinos should be granted the right to run online casino gaming web sites. When asked if the federal government should legalize online gaming so that U.S. companies can participate, 67 percent of Americans said yes. Scooop.net conducted this "Hot Topic" study to gauge the level of support that Americans possess regarding a radical change of current federal and state laws concerning online casino gaming laws.

When surveyed about how people personally feel about online casino gaming, the responses were mixed. Of those surveyed, 33.7 percent said that they wouldn't play an online game themselves but it should be legal for U.S. companies to compete with foreign casinos. An additional 33.9 percent said that they like online casino games and would like to play them if they wanted to.

It is clear that most people agree that they would feel more secure gambling online using a U.S. based casino. Nearly two thirds of those surveyed would feel safer playing in a U.S. based, online casino because they would be regulated by U.S. law. Only 3.4 percent of those surveyed stated that they would rather play in an International, online casino.

This survey comes on the heels of recent publicity regarding the subject of U.S. involvement in the worldwide online casino industry as reported by 60 Minutes. The industry recently surpassed $10 billion in worldwide revenues, and it was estimated that various U.S. government entities could have collected as much as 1.8 billion dollars in tax revenues from online playing done by Americans.

Interestingly enough, a majority of those surveyed feel that the federal government should allow online casino gaming but stay out of the oversight of the industry. Of those polled, 53.7 percent say that the U.S. government should stay out of regulating Internet activity by U.S. citizens, including online gaming, since the Internet is really a borderless community that crosses international lines.

Scooop.net was launched to give the public at large a voice in what news they feel is important, and to provide a platform for Americans to clearly voice their opinions about the important issues of the day. Each week, a new topic from the news headlines is selected, identified and voted on by Scooop.net members.

Next week's hot topic will revolve around whether or not intelligent design should be included in the curriculum of public schools. Scooop.net feels that at this time of year, when most Americans are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, it is an appropriate time to find out what most Americans think about this hot topic.

Scooop.net was created and launched by In Touch Media Group, Inc. which is an online marketing and public relations firm which specializes in generating website visitors, and customers for its business clients using a combination of effective systems, including search engine advertising, publicity, and other marketing services. The company employs online market research to dramatically increase the effectiveness of search engine advertising, targeted publicity, and strategically placed website advertising.

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